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Most Wisconsin schools, districts meet expectations

Nov. 12, 2019 4:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More Wisconsin schools and districts are meeting or exceeding expectations than last year as measured on report cards released publicly Tuesday by the state education department, although dozens of schools and one district received the lowest ranking. The school report cards released...

'Homegrown in Madison': La Follette grad now on school board

Nov. 11, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — On a recent visit to Madison La Follette High School, it didn't take long for Savion Castro to run into an old friend. Javell Heggs, a football and track coach at the school, reached out for a high five and a hug as the two reminisced about the newest Madison School Board member's high...

Wisconsin residents using medical cannabis amid restrictions

Nov. 9, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After four decades of using strong prescription drugs to treat Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive disorder, Patty developed an aggressive form of skin cancer. "It's because my body has been suppressed for so long, it can't fight it (cancer)," the Wisconsin resident said. Patty, who...

Madison clocksmith keeps clocks ticking in 'free museum'

Nov. 9, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Clocksmith Scott Steel works to a soundtrack of irregular chimes, gong strikes and snippets of recognizable melodies at Kappel's Clock Shop on Madison's East Side. Most of the clocks on the storeroom floor aren't set to the right time, or even wound up. If they were, the shop would get...

County resolution threatens journalists with prosecution

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least one Wisconsin county official wants to warn any journalists who cover the upcoming release of a regional water quality study: Publish the county's news release summarizing the findings in its entirety without any alterations or risk criminal prosecution. The Lafayette County...

Wisconsin GOP dodges governor's call for gun control bills

Nov. 7, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans dodged the Democratic governor's call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session that ended as soon as it began Thursday, brushing aside advocates' demands to take action before more people die. Gov. Tony Evers, the state attorney general, gun...

The Latest: Evers faults Republicans for punting on guns

Nov. 7, 2019 10:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Legislature's special session on gun control (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Gov. Tony Evers says Republicans in the Legislature just told a majority of Wisconsin residents to "go jump in a lake" by not voting on a pair of gun control measures. The Senate and...

First Wisconsin veto override attempts in 9 years fail

Nov. 7, 2019 10:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's first veto override attempt s in nearly a decade failed Thursday, with no Democrats jumping ranks to provide Republicans with the votes they needed to succeed. Despite not having the votes, Assembly Republicans forced votes on three budget items that...

The Latest: All 3 veto override attempts fail in Assembly

Nov. 7, 2019 5:22 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on veto override attempts (all times local): 4:20 p.m. All three veto override attempts in the Wisconsin Assembly have failed after Democrats refused to go along with Republicans to rebuff Gov. Tony Evers. Thursday's votes marked the first override attempts in the Wisconsin...

Wisconsin school settles windsurfer death lawsuit for $850K

Nov. 7, 2019 7:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has settled a lawsuit by the family of a windsurfer killed in a collision with a university boat. The school has agreed to pay Yu Chen's family $850,000. Chen was windsurfing on Lake Mendota in May 2017 when he was struck by a UW Lake Safety boat....